UMES ENDS 19-GAME HOMESTAND WITH CONTEST AGAINST GEORGE WASHINGTON
Thomas Gray and the Hawks will play a pair of 3 p.m. games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thomas Gray and the Hawks will play a pair of 3 p.m. games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

March 25, 2013

Game Notes - UMES vs. GW, Navy

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES will finish up the 19-game homestand on Tuesday, taking on George Washington at Hawks Stadium at 3 p.m. Then the Hawks will hit the road to Annapolis to take on the U.S. Naval Academy at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium.

The Hawks fell in two of three contests this weekend to Norfolk State and currently stand at 5-19 overall and 2-4 in MEAC play. George Washington, from the Atlantic-10 Conference, is coming off a series sweep of UMass and is 7-15 this year and 3-0 in the A-10. Patriot League member Navy comes into Tuesday at 11-12 and has not begun league play. The Mids took three of four from Princeton this past weekend.

UMES went a combined 0-3 against these two schools last season. The Hawks fell to the Colonials 9-6 in Arlington on April 24th with the scheduled home game being cancelled due to rain. The Hawks lost to Navy 21-1 in Annapolis on February 22nd last season and later 10-0 at Hawks Stadium on April 17th.

SCHOTT NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
The Greater Wichita Sports Commission announced on March 11th that UMES catcher Brandon Schott has been placed on the 2013 Johnny Bench Award Watch List. This award is given to the top catcher in Division I college baseball each year.

Schott, the only player that plays in the state of Maryland or the MEAC to be nominated for the award, is hitting .348 this season with a team-best 10 doubles and .493 slugging percentage. The two-time team captain also leads the team with three sacrifice flies and has brought home 15 runs so far this season.

 

 

LAST TIME OUT: UMES DEFEATED IN SERIES WITH NSU
The Hawks came back from down three to win the first game of their home series against Norfolk State 6-5, but fell 7-6 and 8-2 in the second and third contest respectively to fall in the series to the Spartans.

In his return from injury, Tre-von Johnson went 4-for-10 in the series with two walks and two RBI. Mike Escanilla went 5-for-13, hitting safely in all three games. Zachary Saca got a win and a loss in the series, throwing 2.1 innings with just an unearned run charged.

BRESLIN NAMED MEAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Connor Breslin earned his first MEAC Rookie of the Week award for the period ending March 10th. It is Breslin's first conference award of his UMES career and the first for the Hawks in the 2013 season.

Helping UMES split a weekend series against Lafayette, the freshman third baseman hit .308 (4-for-13) in the four games, scoring once and bringing in two runs. He also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

Pedro Swann TAKES OVER AS UMES HEAD COACH
UMES Director of Athletics Keith Davidson announced in September that former major leaguer and MEAC star Pedro Swann is the new head coach of Hawks baseball. Swann replaces Will Gardner, who left UMES after six seasons.

Swann brings a wealth of baseball experience to Princess Anne, playing in the professional ranks for 17 years from 1991 to 2007. He played for Delaware State from 1989-1991, earning all-conference honors all three years and hitting .421 with 26 home runs in his career.

ROOKIE ROTATION
Two freshmen take up the first two spots in the rotation in MEAC play for the Hawks. The game one starter is Chris Lopez, who earned a win his his first start of his UMES career with two runs in 5.2 innings against Lafayette. He currently stands with a 1-2 record and a 5.56 ERA in 22.2 innings. In the game two slot is Will Turley, who has a team-best 2.38 ERA in 22.2 innings. Turley allowed just two earned runs in his first four appearances, including going six scoreless innings in a win over Coppin State.

NEW LOOK INFIELD PAYS DIVIDENDS
Outside of Jeffrey Fleetwood, UMES has relied on a young infield group this season that has been very strong early on.

At the left side of the infield, two freshmen man the ranks with Connor Breslin, who earlier had a seven-game hitting streak and has a MEAC Rookie of the Week award, taking the hot corner and Mike Escanilla, who is currently on a six-game hitting streak, serves as the squad's shortstop.

At second base, sophomore Thomas Gray had a 2-for-5 day against Georgetown with three RBI plate appearances, concluding with a double and five runs batted in.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
For the Colonials, senior outfielder Ryan Hickey is the team's top hitting with a .274 batting average, adding seven RBI. Though he is hitting .194, senior first baseman Derek Brown has a team-best six doubles and 11 RBI. The team is batting .219.

Possible starters include freshman Luke Olsen, who is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five appearances, rookie Danny O'Donnell, who stands 0-2 with a 10.57 ERA and junior closer Craig Lejeune, who has a 2.12 ERA, a 1-0 record and three saves in 17 innings.

The Midshipmen, who come into Tuesday hitting .260, are led by junior first baseman Kash Manzelli, who sports a .309 batting average, two home runs and 11 RBI. Senior outfielder Greg Dupell is hitting .276 with 13 extra base hits and 15 RBI.

Navy has had seven different players start games on the mound, and a starter has not been determined as of Monday. Last mid-week game against Delaware State, senior Johnny Schoberl, who is 0-3 with a 8.55 ERA in 20 innings, got the start.

LORD BYRON
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, has reached base in his last 21 games. Currently he leads the team in many categories, including a .366 batting average, a .480 on-base percentage, 22 runs, seven hit by pitches, 12 walks and eight stolen bases. He also leads all regular starters with a .987 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 24 games.

HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
UMES baseball will be back on the air this season on the flagship station of the Hawks Radio Network, Timeless Favorites WGOP 540 AM. Dave Vatz will provide play-by-play for the games, while Justin Harrison serves as the primary producer in the studio. All games that are broadcast will be available online for free.

RUN!
Last season, the Hawks stole 37 bases in a total of 53 games, averaging just over two steals every three games. This year early on, UMES has attempted steals 35 times, being successful in 24 tries, averaging a steal per a game. Byron Campbell leads the team with eight steals out of 10 attempts on the basepaths. Mike Escanilla has seven steals to stand second on the team.